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Vintage Performance: Alpa Macro-Switar 50 mm and 100 MP

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What a nearly 50 year old lens can do.

November 19, 2017
Alpa Reflex Model 6b

We have tested the performance of an 8-element Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm in close range. The historical lens can be focussed via a helical mount with an extra long travel to the scale of 1:2. The lens was produced from 1970 to the 1980s in just over 6000 copies. This corresponds to around a quarter of all 50mm lenses manufactured by Kern Aarau under this name for Alpa.Macro-Switar 1.9/50 on Phase One IQ3 100

Overview and bookeh of the Kern Aarau Alpa Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm @ f1.9

Crop and bookeh of the Kern Aarau Alpa Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm @ f1.9Interactive: Zoomify @f8 up to full resolution of the crop

Kern Aarau Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm - Aperture Series from ALPA of Switzerland on Vimeo.Macro-Switar 1.9/50 on Phase One IQ3 100

Overview and bookeh of the Kern Aarau Alpa Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm @ f1.9

Crop and bookeh of the Kern Aarau Alpa Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm @ f1.9Interactive: Zoomify @1.9 up to full resolution of the crop

Kern Aarau Macro-Switar 1.9/50 mm - Aperture Series from ALPA of Switzerland on Vimeo.Image Circle and Coverage on Various FormatsSwitar 1.9/50 mm @ f1.9

Switar 1.9/50 mm @ f22